Alphabet Challenge :: Z :: Zany Life

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Z is for ZANY ya’ll! That’s my life. Without going in to too much detail, things are going bizonkers. Thankfully, I have mini getaways planned for the next 2 weekends. EXCITED! Just a few more weeks at work too until it’s time to pack on up and move. I hate packing. It’ll probably go a little something like this *warning: some naughty language*:

Man, I love Jenna Marbles.

I think grad school decisions are this week…so, obviously, I’m wide -eyed with terror every time I check my email. Should be horrifying!

I somehow had time to do this:

As per a challenge posed to me by a co-worker, animal print nails! Peacock, zebra snake, giraffe, fish, cow, tiger, leopard, turtle, and butterfly.

Enough about me, here are some animals that start with Z!

Zebra

Giant Zonure aka Giant Girdled Lizard

Zebu

Zebra finch

Zethus Wasp

That oughta do it. ALPHABET CHALLENGE COMPLETE!!!

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Alphabet Challenge :: Y :: Yosemite toad

Happy Friday the 13th! Hope you’ve all rolled around in rabbits (I feel like they’re luckier with their feet attached) and done all the lovely superstitious things for good luck. We’re on the second to last installment of the Alphabet Challenge!

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ARKive – Yosemite toad videos, photos and facts – Anaxyrus canorus.

– Scientific Classification –

  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Chordata
  • Class: Amphibia
  • Order: Anura
  • Family: Bufonidae
  • Genus: Anaxyrus
  • Species: A. canorus
IUCN Red List : Endangered (EN)
The Yosemite toad is endemic to California in the high sierra. There isn’t a current number for population size, but it has declined by an estimated 50% over ten years.
Leading hypotheses for the declines are disease (chytridiomycosis), airborne contaminants, and livestock grazing.
Yosemite toads breed in freshwater every other year or once every three years. Their breeding sites may dry up before the tadpoles metamorphose. Despite much of the population being in a protected area such as Yosemite National Park and Kings Canyon National Park, populations are still on the decline.

Alphabet Challenge :: X :: Xoloitzcuintli

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Hairless and Coated Xoloitzcuintles side by side.

Hairless and Coated Xoloitzcuintles side by side. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Xoloitzcuintli, often shortened to Xolo, is pronounced show-low-eats-queen-tlee. They were removed from the American Kennel Club in 1953 then re-recognized in 2011. For AKC standards click here. Xolos are a rare breed that comes in three sizes; toy, miniature and standard. Hairlessness is a recessive trait, so some members of the breed can come out with a full coat. These dogs were initially used as healers since their intense body heat could soothe some ailments. Health issues for the Xolo revolve mainly around their skin.

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Alphabet Challenge :: W :: Wolverine

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Wolverine cubs

ARKive – Wolverine videos, photos and facts – Gulo gulo.

Those cute litte buggers up there are wolverine cubs.

Wolverine Dansk: Jærv

Wolverine Dansk: Jærv (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

– Scientific Classification –

  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Chordata
  • Class: Mammalia
  • Order: Carnivora
  • Family: Mustelidae
  • Genus: Gulo
  • Species: G. gulo
This solitary creature is the largest member of the weasel family. They are omnivores that feed on plants berries as well as live prey and carrion.
Wolverines have a circumpolar distribution in the northern hemisphere, and are found from the western United States, Canada, and Alaska to Siberia, Russia, Eastern Europe and Scandinavia.
Though they are listed as Least Concern on the IUCN Red List, they are threatened by habitat loss and subsequently, loss of prey and the carrion left by other predators. Forcibly coming into contact with humans in their hunt for food has also affected their numbers.

Alphabet Challenge :: V :: Vaquita

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Vaquita calf

Vaquita | Basic Facts About Vaquitas | Defenders of Wildlife.

ARKive – Vaquita videos, photos and facts – Phocoena sinus.

– Scientific Classification –

  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Chordata
  • Class: Mammalia
  • Order: Cetartiodactyla
  • Family: Phocoenia
  • Genus: Phocoena
  • Species: P. sinus
IUCN Red List: Critically Endangered (CR)

Alphabet Challenge :: U :: Ural Owl

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Ural Owls – Photo Gallery – Pictures, More From National Geographic Magazine.

via Encyclopedia Britannica Kids

– Scientific Classification –

Thecenterforbirdsofprey.org – Ural Owl

Fun fact about owl wing structure: in order to fly as silently as they do, their feathers lack barbicels. These are the third degree of feather structure after barbs and barbules that provide cohesion. Without them, the feathers are downy. They also act as insulation.

Alphabet Challenge :: T :: Two-Toed Sloth

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How ridiculously cute are these things?!?!

English: Two toed sloth named Herman, taken at...

English: Two toed sloth named Herman, taken at Detroit zoo. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

– Scientific Classification –

  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Chordata
  • Class: Mammalia
  • Superorder: Xenarthra
  • Order: Pilosa
  • Suborder: Folivora .
  • Family: Megalonychidae
  • Genus: Choloepus
  • Two species: Choloepus didactylus, Choloepus hoffmanni

I want a forest of them.

Two-Toed Sloths, Two-Toed Sloth Pictures, Two-Toed Sloth Facts – National Geographic

ARKive – Southern two-toed sloth videos, photos and facts – Choloepus didactylus.